I took Adderall XR for six years and am currently 86 days clean. My dosage was 65-70 mg. I am 27 years old.
How long until my energy is back and I am feeling "normal" again? Anyone have personal experiences as far as that goes?
Also, how much weight did you gain, and does it ever come off naturally? Any thoughts on metabolism?
Thank you for your question, and welcome to ADHDCentral.com.
I am sorry you are having a difficult time right now. Although I am not a medical professional and cannot give medical advice, from what I have read about withdrawal from Adderall and other amphetamines, withdrawal symptoms should not last more than a month. If you stopped your Adderall under the supervision of a doctor and were slowly weaned off the medication, you should have experienced very minor withdrawal symptoms.
If you are still experiencing symptoms of withdrawal, you should discuss this with your doctor. He or she would be better able to determine if there is something else that may be causing these symptoms.
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Adderall withdrawal can be debilitating and can impact work and personal relationships for months or longer. Unfortunately many physicians see the withdrawal as normal and something to just wait out. Because I cannot put my work, social life, and day to day life on hold for months, I did a lot of reading and experimenting.
I have found that rhodiola rosea, tyrosine on an empty stomach, b-vitamins (b6 and b12 in particular), and sam-e on an empty stomach are effective for just about completely eliminating the side effects related to withdrawal (especially apathy, focus, fatigue, and mood). Each of these plays a role in synthesizing dopamine and norepinephrine. I also found ashwagandha extremely effective but it's not clear why this herb works so well. Also effective are dmae, creatine, epa fish oil, acetyl-l-carnitine, and green tea. Exercise works well, especially when I take creatine afterwards. Caffeine works sometimes but is detrimental other times. When focus and energy were essential I took pseudoephedrine (decongestant), and that worked just as well as adderall, but with amplified negative effects.
I have found the combination that works for me as well as my personal dosage basted on trial and error and my health and personal goals and starting with lower doses and building up. I'm not going to name dosages because I am the size of a tight-end. I did not gain any weight when stopping adderall.
I hope this helps you and others.